There are lots of opportunities for recording wildlife, we give priority to species in the Local Biodiversity Action Plans such as Hen Harriers and Voles.
We keep general observation records – if you do come across anything interesting please let us know as we contribute to area records, we do Surveys for Adopt a Beach, Beached Birds and from camera recordings.
Our wildlife page gives general information on our wildlife by season and by species in the Regional Park and provides links to our species lists.
Beached Bird Surveys. A National Survey carried out by the Ranger Service in collaboration with
the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
Adopt a Beach. The is a quarterly study run by the Ranger Service and the Marine Conservation Society at the Regional Park’s only sandy beach – Lunderston Bay . Volunteers (link to volunteering section) assist with the collection and recording of litter that has washed up on the seashore, this then goes toward a national database. Results from all over the UK are monitored and help to identify any ongoing issues.
Litter is a serious problem on our seashores and can be detrimental to the health of our native wildlife that live there. Items found are usually non-biodegradable, enduring to cause problems for generations.
Camera Records. If and when we get live images from the wildlife cameras, we try and record the activities such as food passes or the type of food being brought to the nest for the chicks. If you would like to help with this sort of work please contact the appropriate Ranger team.
Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS). The Ranger Service do a monthly count of wildfowl and wader numbers at a variety of wetland sites around the Regional Park, the results go into the national database managed by the British Trust for Ornithology. More details here.